Round 2 Report
The Northern Pride proved too strong for the PNG Hunters in Round 2 of the Intrust Super Cup on Sunday at the National Football Stadium, Port Moresby with a 24-0 win over the new look Hunters team.
For the second week in a row the Hunters were kept to no points, with crucial handling errors in their red zone plus consecutive penalties going against them that led to the Pride piling on more points through the game.
Pride’s tries came from Matthew Musumeci, William Bugden, Shawn Bowen and Jack Hampson, with Jake Clifford kicking four from five.
Although the Hunters forwards looked good through the game, there is huge improvement needed from the halves and backs if PNG are looking to turn things around in the next game at home again which sees them go up against their 2017 grand final opponents, the Sunshine Coast Falcons in the Rivalry Round.
Round 3 Lineup
Coach Marum in announcing the team lineup this afternoon emphasized on the shoes that the Hunters debutants have to step up and fill. Despite the disappointing scoreless loss at the NFS on Sunday, Marum is confident with the talent in the squad.
The 20 man squad will debut Hunter #73 Justin Yoka who will step into the five eighth role this Sunday. Wawa Paul makes a return to the wing. Bland Abavu moves to Fullback with Joe Joshua starting in the centres. Charlie Simon starts at hooker, Junior Rop moves to second row with Stanton Albert to start at lock. Daniel Tapol, Butler Morris, Joe Frank and Kevin Appo have been named on the extended bench.
The 20 man squad is: 1. Bland ABAVU 2. Junior RAU 3. Joe JOSHUA 4. Adex WERA © 5. Wawa PAUL 6. Justin YOKA 7. William MONE 8. Moses MENINGA 9. Charlie SIMON 10. Enock MAKI 11. McKenzie YEI 12. Junior ROP 13. Stanton ALBERT
Interchange: 14. Nick Hasu Oliver 15. Butler MORRIS 16. Dilbert ISAAC 17. Daniel TAPOL 18. Brendon NIMA 19. Joe FRANK 20. Kevin APPO
Coach Marum said it came down to basic errors and inconsistent execution that prevented the boys from scoring. He said this weekend he wants to start off with a good solid pack up the front which will create the platform for the backs to be more enterprising in their attack.